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Spotlight on Public Places | Community News Focus

The Social Scene

May 28, 1997

Thirteen local spots have been recognized as outstanding "Neighborhood Places in the Public Realm." Here are the locations and reasons for their selection:

1. Yorba Linda Civic Center Complex: Successfully integrates civic services, a community center, schools and recreational open spaces "into an aesthetically appealing, cohesive whole"

2. Downtown Plaza District: A central focus bringing together all of Old Towne Orange

3. Old Town Tustin business district: The symbolic downtown for both nearby neighborhoods and the larger community

4. Wilshire Square neighborhood: Promotes "an extraordinary sense of community"

5. Woodbridge Village: A "model" master-planned community with a network of parks, greenbelts, paths and lakes

6. Garden Park, University Hills: "A truly intimate neighborhood place"

7. Lago Santa Margarita: "A focus for community identity"

8. Leisure World: Cited for three areas: Clubhouse One, "a lively gathering place"; Serpentine Walk, which promotes interaction and outdoor exercise; and Aliso Creek Park and Wildlife Center, "a welcome retreat and contact with nature"

9. Crown Valley Community Park: "A highly successful, community-level open space"

10. Corona del Mar Farmer's Market: "An unusual, colorful and festive neighborhood gathering place"

11. Balboa Island: With its "clearly defined sense of place," the island community "encourages neighbors to mingle"

12. Ruby's Surf City Diner: "A highly imageable focal point" and an "important piece of civic architecture"

13. The Parks of Rossmoor: Rally community support and volunteerism "to focus on a series of creative adaptive reuse projects"

Sources: Orange County Chapter of American Institute of Architects, UCI School of Social Ecology

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